I decided on a program through Midwestern that required you to have a 4 year bachelors degree first from any accredited university and then you complete a 2 year Master's degree with them to become a PA. It is easier if you get your bachelor's degree in biology and/or chemistry since medicine relies heavily on knowledge of both.
I have heard of programs that you start right after high school that gets you to a PA in 5 years, but I don't know much about them. Either way, it helps if you love the sciences, are curious about anatomy and physiology, and want to help people.
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